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BBG Begins Language Service Review 2013

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The BBG’s annual review of language services is underway with an eye toward setting priorities in line with the current geopolitical landscape and media environment… Mandated by Congress, the annual Language Service Review (LSR) is a process during which the Broadcasting Board of Governors prioritizes Read more »

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BBG Welcomes German Journalists for Study Tour

VOA Associate Director of Language Programming Rebecca MacMenamin meets with visiting German journalists.

Eleven German journalists visited the BBG yesterday as a part of the RIAS Berlin Commission’s spring exchange program. The participants met with IBB Director Richard Lobo and attended a VOA editorial meeting. They then met with VOA Associate Director of Language Programming Rebecca MacMenamin and Read more »

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World Poetry Day at the BBG

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In celebration of World Poetry Day, here is a sample of the extraordinary poetry programs and projects from across the BBG. Russia RFE/RL’s Russian Service paired up with the English Pen Club to translate into Russian a collection of “Poems for Pussy Riot” by English Read more »

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BBG’s Censorship Circumvention on Display at Two Events

Andre Mendes demonstrates new innovations in censorship circumvention at the Public Diplomacy Council.

Recently, André Mendes, CIO/CTO for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, spoke at two high-profile events which focused on the BBG’s use of cutting-edge technology to circumvent Internet censorship. On Monday, March 1, Mendes briefed the University of Southern California-Public Diplomacy Council’s lunchtime forum on the Read more »

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Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez visits BBG

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Cuban blogger and free speech advocate Yoani Sánchez met with BBG officials amid a Washington visit that included top U.S. lawmakers and diplomats.  During the trip, Sánchez  emphasized the need to support independent journalists and human rights activists on the island.   She is on an Read more »

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BBG Celebrates International Women’s Day

VOA's Urdu Service gathered for a special International Women's Day video greeting

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the BBG and its broadcasters marked the day with a mixture of special in-depth reports, videos and multimedia pieces on women’s issues. For example, VOA reported on the progress of women’s health in Africa and the Read more »

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Federal Offices Closed Today

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Federal offices in the Washington, DC, area are closed. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency’s policies, including written telework agreements.

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BBG Launches “Behind-the-Scenes” Blog

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Notebook, a new blog, features an insider look at U.S. international broadcasting.  Notebook includes first-person interviews on current and historic events across the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ enterprise. “Drawing from historic and contemporary events, we want to showcase first-person accounts of interesting happenings across international Read more »

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Sub-Saharan African Television Heats Up – And Promises to be a Market Like No Other

Malians gather around an outdoor television set to watch the semifinal round of the Africa Cup of Nations, in Bamako, Mali, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Thomas Martinez)

By Paul Marszalek BBG Office of Strategy and Development While arguably nascent, there is considerable excitement and activity in the sub-Saharan TV market. But factors like demographics and business models will make this a market like no other… Just a few of the growing number Read more »

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BBG Reflects on World Radio Day

Buddhist monks, some of who escape from the security forces crack down, listen to radio news cast from a monastery in Monywa, northwestern Myanmar, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 (AP)

Today is World Radio, and BBG would like to celebrate our radio broadcasters as they work to provide news and information to those who need it most. In 2012, our broadcasters produced thousands of hours of radio programming to 96 million people around the globe, Read more »

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